Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Committee Votes to Include Non-Energy Mining as a Covered Sector

January 15, 2020
Statement of Aaron Mintzes, Senior Policy Counsel, Earthworks: When polluting interests seek special favors from government they often dress it up with the euphemism, “streamlining.” But “streamlining” for the mining industry means elbowing the public out of the way. Earlier… More »

NEPA rollback affects mining, not just climate

January 9, 2020
Background: Last week, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) celebrated its 50th anniversary. Today, the President will personally announce proposed rules that would fundamentally undermine it. Although much attention is properly focused on the climate impacts of this announcement, NEPA… More »

Earthworks’ Comments on Global Tailings Review Draft Standard

January 6, 2020

Comments Opposing BLM 2019-0001-0001: Non-Energy Solid Leasable Minerals Royalty Rate Reduction Process

December 18, 2019

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FACT CHECK: Power the Future full of hot air on methane pollution in NM

December 18, 2019 • Bruce Baizel
Power the Future, an industry mouthpiece, is trying to create a smokescreen for the oil and gas industry. If the smoke they’re blowing is methane pollution, the oil and gas industry has plenty of it. And that pollution is exactly… More »

Rosemont Mine Decision Puts 1872 Mining Law Reform in the Spotlight

November 26, 2019 • Megan Knight
On July 31, 2019, just one day before work on the Rosemont Mine was to commence near Tucson, Arizona, United States District Judge James A. Soto issued his ruling in the Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Fish and… More »

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Environmental Groups Voice Support for Mining Law Reform

October 23, 2019
Washington – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved Chairman Raul Grijalva’s (D-AZ) and Congressman Lowenthal’s (D-CA) Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2019 by a vote of 21-13. The legislation would replace the 1872 General Mining Law, which still… More »